So I've been working recently to get book reviews for a murder mystery I've written titled "Death on Deadline." And as a self-publishing newbie, it's taken me some time to figure out how it's done.
But finally - success! I received a few emails the other day from interested reviewers. Would I mind sending them copies? One requested a .mobi file, the other epub.
Naturally I didn't mind. I was delighted. I ... just wasn't quite sure how to do it. And I wanted to make sure I did it right, so I didn't look like a doofus. I didn't want the first line of the review to be how difficult it was receive the book in the correct format.
So I woke up extra early the next morning. I downloaded the versions (very easy) then took a break for the morning routine - getting the kids fed and dressed and off to school. But I was so excited, I couldn't leave well enough alone. I kept fussing with my emails, messing with the computer. I was just about finished, though, and it was almost time to leave for school, when my young son came by and looked at me accusingly.
"Where's my lunch?" he asked me, looking in his backpack. "Did you forget to make my LUNCH?"
Um...oops. He glared at me. "Are you playing on the computer in the morning? We're not allowed to play on the computer in the morning!"
Busted. I had to run his lunch over later, parking in a no-parking zone and getting yelled at by the meanie in the school office.
There's a few lessons that can be learned here, but perhaps the most important one is this: School lunches before book reviews.